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An unconventional business book for the rebels and misfits - the Rare Breeds - who don’t fit the traditional mold, offering an approach that’s anything but business as usual.

There is an unofficial rule for success: You need to change who you are to achieve greatness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What if you could leverage your so-called vices and shortcomings and make them your super powers?

Rebellious. Audacious. Obsessed. Hot-Blooded. Weird. Hypnotic. Emotional.

These seven vices are what acclaimed leadership and brand experts Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger identify as keys to becoming a Rare Breed - those standout leaders and achievers - in any career.

Rare Breed is an unorthodox business book for the rebels, outsiders, and provocateurs - anyone with the ambition to lead, create, inspire and provoke change on your own terms by owning all of who you are, not just the pretty parts. But be careful, each virtue has a seductive and dualistic nature that can lead to success or sabotage.

Unique stories. Unconventional advice. Practical tools. Bonnell and Hansberger lay it all out to help fellow Rare Breeds understand, unlock, and direct the potential that’s been slumbering in them to rise above the ordinary, own who they are, and push things forward.

©2019 Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger (P)2019 HarperAudio

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A Standing O for these two birds

As an agency owner and adjunct instructor of an advertising course at Indiana University, I applaud these gals for breaking the mold, defying the norms and standing up to so many who tried to hold them down. Their struggle is so real and inspiring. Their perspective is so mature. They are so wise beyond their years. Their passion for brand messages that are authentic and human is what we need more of in our marketing world. I highly recommend this book to those in any creative industry or entrepreneurial endeavor.

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loved it!!

love it. much needed listen during these difficult times of 2020, the year of the pandemic (Covid19).

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Excellent Stories and Applicable Virtues

I love this content! But will likely buy the actual book because the narrator doesn’t fit the authors’ true tone.

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Not Fully Developed

This felt disjointed at times. The "rare breed" they speak of is multiple personality characteristics that I think rarely occur in one person (or naturally). The message behind this being if you are that rare breed you will be successful because you are, it doesn't speak to the fact that a majority of those characteristics are developed through discipline, not an inherent quality someone is born into, and the book didn't talk at all about how to better develop those important characteristics. I also didn't like the air of arrogance. That ultimately the "rare breed" will know best because they think and act differently than the status quo. It is very easy to point out instances where you were correct when others said otherwise in retrospect without providing context of the times that you were wrong and others were right. Maybe it is just me, but the authors felt immature, and were only checking the box of "writing a business book" to feel even more successful. I personally wouldn't recommend this one.

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A good listen. Lessons Learned.

I enjoyed hearing about the experiences of the authors as they navigated their success. There are lessons to be learned in this book. The message is get up, get out there, and don't let anyone (even yourself) get in the way.

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Very good, just one-dimensional at times

I really liked the overall concept of this one. The notion that we need to embrace our weirdnesses and quirks and leverage them into businesses, product ideas, and inspirations is one that resonated deeply with me. And the examples of that notion in action really helped drive it home (and were fun, too).

My only real knock on this one is that it’s sort of one-dimensional; it’s much of the same style stories for the entire length of the book. I don’t think that detracts too much from its quality since it’s a fairly quick read (and those stories are mostly fun and exciting), but I do think it’s worth noting.

Having that said, I would still definitely recommend this one, especially to entrepreneurs, creatives, and obsessives. There are some nice takeaways and moments of solidarity.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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Impactful

Their words make you look inside yourself. It’s no easy to be true to who you are, but it's the only way to be happy.

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Great book, but felt like the Breed is exclusive

I enjoyed this book and there was a lot of great stuff in it. I just felt that it was mostly exclusive regarding the rare-breed examples/role models that were mentioned. Made me feel like rare-breedism is reserved only for those with certain political views/beliefs, which I kinda felt went against the message of the book. But, whatever, perhaps that means there is even a rarer breed?

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  • 02-02-21

Vague boring cliché

Same cookie cutter business motivation rubbish. Vague, boring watered-down Gary Vee dribble. Save your time and money.

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  • 04-12-22

Insufferable woke themes. Nothing revolutionary

Reads like and 80s self help book. Explaining what rebel is and I doubt it's through lived experience.